Church, Culture, History
The vision of Frank Gilyard, Sr., a local historian is the impetus behind the Central Pennsylvania African
American Museum. For over 30 years, Frank has collected and catalogued the art, documents, court records and books which focuses on local African American history in the Reading and Berks County area. It has long been a dream of Mr. Gilyard to establish an African American Museum in the city of Reading. His collection is a journey through the last 177 years and a critical, but undiscovered chapter in our community's development.